MS-13 members are indeed ‘animals’

Jordan Schachtel · May 17, 2018  
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The president created controversy in the media Wednesday when he referred to MS-13 members as “animals,” but his rhetoric is spot-on, and it advances the goal of isolating and defeating the most dangerous criminal gang in America.

In response to comments about MS-13 from Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, President Trump added:

“You won’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.”

At first, the Left attempted to smear the president and claim he was talking about all immigrants. Countless legacy media outlets — from MSNBC to the New York Times — falsely claimed he was talking about all illegal aliens.

When the transcript and video clearly demonstrated that he was referring to MS-13, some on the Left moved to a different tactic. Now they say it’s mean to dehumanize the violent gang members.

CNBC’s John Harwood:

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin:

Dylan Matthews of Vox:

You have to wonder if the Left is merely ignorant, perhaps harnessing the moment to take cheap shots at the president, or simply does not care about the MS-13 threat because it does not affect them.

President Trump’s rhetoric is spot-on. MS-13 has terrorized the American people long enough, and its members do not deserve to be called human. Just as ISIS needs to be dehumanized and destroyed, the MS-13 gang must also be decimated and ultimately defeated. MS-13 is arguably the most violent gang in America. Its members are enemies of everything that this nation stands for. Given that MS-13 is a transnational criminal gang, some of its associates happen to be illegal immigrants, which is why they are often brought up in the context of the immigration issue.

Known for their ruthless killings, gang members show absolutely no respect for human life. MS-13 is also heavily involved in the drug trade, extortion rackets, and sex-trafficking operations, according to state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Public officials have sworn an oath to protect our nation and its people from all threats foreign and domestic, and MS-13 is one of the nation’s foremost domestic threats. According to government estimates, there are about 10,000 MS-13 members in the United States. The president is right to dehumanize these individuals and make it clear that there is no place for them in this country. He has the right to use all the rhetorical and physical tools in his law enforcement arsenal to mitigate and ultimately remove the threat.


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for CRTV. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.